Tropical Storm Nate likely to form from system in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Nate likely to form from system in Caribbean

Tropical Depression Sixteen has formed off the coast of Central America Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm is forecast to emerge into the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday and continue strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane hunters are scheduled to fly into the system today. The models are in decent agreement in taking the storm toward the Louisiana/Mississippi Coast as a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane by Sunday.

Check The Palm Beach Post's live storm tracking map. One off the southern tip of Florida looks to move up the Florida peninsula and into Alabama by this weekend bringing some much-needed rainfall. Temperatures will be running about five degrees above average with highs in the mid to upper 80s forecast. Another area where the storm may quickly ramp up in intensity is over the south-central Gulf of Mexico.

The depression will likely strengthen into Tropical Storm Nate over the next several hours, the NHC reported.

The NOAA stressed that it is too early to accurately predict exact timings and magnitude of impact.

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These warm waters will aid in the development of this system.

The good news is the chance of this developing into a tropical system is very low (odds of development at 10%).

Interests across the northern and eastern Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida are advised to monitor the progress of the storm as it moves northward. Alternatively, a slower front would allow the storm to travel more due north toward Louisiana on the western periphery of a large area of high pressure over the western Atlantic Ocean.

"It's not terribly unusual to see storms this time of year develop", Godsey said. This is not an official forecast, but the models are often used as guidance for creating the projected path for a storm.

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